First Flames, Now Mudslides Tthreaten the Way of Life in the Wood River Valley

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It just doesn’t end for the Wood River Valley. The Twin Falls Times-News reported that parts of the valley are covered in one-and-a-half feet of mud and debris set loose from the torched mountainsides.

The 111,490-acre Beaver Creek Fire that threatened thousands of homes in Ketchum and Sun Valley and had officials calling for resident evacuations, remains dangerous even after the flames were suppressed.

Defoliated soil along steep ridges erodes quickly, where plants and grass once anchored it to the mountainside. Heavy rains Monday night and Tuesday pushed ash and topsoil onto lawns, driveways and roads.

“Debris completely covered the [Croy Creek road just west of Hailey],” Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey told the Times-News. Traffic could only use on lane and one car got stuck in the mud. Some private dirt roads leading to homes were wiped out completely.